The American College Health Association urges Senate leaders to reject the new proposed Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace measure, H.R. 1628, commonly known as the Graham-Cassidy Amendment.
The legislation, as drafted, disproportionately reduces funding for many states and would lead to tremendous variability in coverage from state-to-state. This legislation also fails to ensure adequate funding for Medicaid to protect our nation’s most vulnerable.
ACHA does support greater flexibility for states to innovate their Medicaid offerings because this may allow states to better serve the health insurance needs of their students. However, this current bill contains provisions that would allow states to waive key consumer protections that Americans rely upon today, including ACA’s elimination of pre-existing conditions exclusions.
As an advocacy organization representing the health and wellness of our nation’s 19 million college students, we encourage Congressional leaders to pursue a measured, bipartisan solution to issues surrounding the nation's health care policy.